When it comes to celebrities, there are quite a few people I enjoy for various reasons, but if you were to ask me about celebrities I'd like to meet, the list would be quite small.
It comes down to admiration.
I recently wrote about how we should make sure that our kids don't turn celebrities into heroes, and that touches upon why many celebrities I enjoy watching or listening to or reading, I'd never want to meet. These are three celebrities that I have a touch of admiration towards, so I would take the step to meet them if given a chance.
Here are three celebrities I would like to meet, why I would like to meet them, and wht I would ask them if I had the opportunity to ask them only one question.
I've always been a very big fan of Stephen King. I read a lot of fiction, and while there are quite a few authors where I will read anything they write, I always look forward to Stephen King's books more than anything. (I was pretty happy when his retirement during the mid-2000's was short lived).
Many don't like his writing because of the disturbing topics he writes about, and others find him long winded, but the reason I enjoy his works so much is because when I'm reading his book, I actually create the scenery and the characters in my mind. He has the ability to ‘paint a picture' that I can actually see when I'm reading the book. It's for this reason that most of the adaptations of his books into TV or movies have never worked well for me, for the simple reason that my imagination doesn't match what the filmmakers produced.
I also think that he's been through a lot in his life, and has overcome various challenges throughout his life. He overcame alcoholism, and later overcame serious injuries from a freak accident that almost killed him.
If I were to get the opportunity to ask Stephen King one question, I would want to know what the most ordinary ‘real' situation was that led to a book or story. For I have a feeling that he often sees an event that any of us would see every day and dismiss, but spins it in his head until it has become something unique and worthy of a story. I think it'd be cool to hear more about his inspiration.
I've always been a big fan of Neil Diamond. Even as a kid, one of my favorite albums was ‘The Jazz Singer' soundtrack. (Yes, you can start humming ‘They're Coming To America…Yeah!') As I got older, I've enjoyed the music of a lot of legends, specifically Billy Joel and Elton John, but if it came down to it, I'd much rather meet Neil Diamond than either of the other two. Billy Joel has had too many stories written about him being a jerk, so he falls into the ‘I enjoy his music but we'll leave it at that' and Elton John seems like he'd be a little over the top, though I know he said those days are decades behind him, I would still think that his personality would be a little weird.
Neil Diamond, on the other hand, just seems like he'd be fun. His music expresses a lot of fun. You can tell by most of his music that he doesn't take himself too seriously. He is a little bit cheesy, but he runs with that, has fun with that, and makes sure that his fans have fun with it.
A few years ago, I saw Neil Diamond in concert, and having seen a lot of concerts, you could tell that he was really enjoying himself. Even though he had probably been performing for decades by that point, and had probably sung ‘Sweet Caroline' a million and one times, he got into it and put on a show. You never doubted for a moment that he was thoroughly enjoying what he was doing. My dad, who saw the same show and had seen him as far back as the 1970's, said that he's been the same way.
For that reason, I'd love to meet him. For him, I don't think that I'd ask one specific question, but would just try to get a glimmer on how he sees life and what his outlook on life is, so that I could try to have some of that rub off. We could all stand to take ourselves a little less seriously and add a little more fun in our lives, wouldn't you say?
OK, this one probably seems a little cliche, but I admire the man's consistency, and his unprecedented ability to separate winners from losers. I think he's very intelligent, very forward thinking, very analytical, but at the same time knows how to read emotion and use it to his advantage.
I think spending some time with him would be very entertaining, though out of the three, I think he'd be the most terrifying.
If I had to pick one question, I would ask him for a truthful discussion on whether he feels that the average investor can keep up or whether the rich will continue to get richer as Wall Street advances such things as high frequency trading, early releases of data, and other advantages that are perfectly legal, but seem to be slanted toward the wealthy, and seem to be leading to a bigger and bigger gap between large and small investors. I'd love to hear his thoughts.
Bonus Round: Kid Rock
OK, so if I had to pick a fourth, it would be Kid Rock. Not because he's a local Detroit celebrity. Even though that does play into it. See, years back, I worked with someone who knew someone else who was close with Kid Rock. I'm in the computer industry, and it came to pass that Kid Rock (or likely one of Kid Rock's people) was in need of assistance with some computer stuff. The friend of my friend asked him if he could do it, but he wasn't available, so he in turn asked me. I can't remember the circumstance, but I was unable to take care of it.
Still, just knowing that I had the opportunity to go over to Kid Rock's house and work on his computer(s), and possibly meet him, leads me to put him next on the list just so that I could have a second chance.
Because, how fun would that be?
Readers, who would you like to meet and what would you ask them if you had a chance to meet someone famous?